What is the average starting teaching assistant salary?

As of May 2009, the US Department of Labor reported that the average starting teaching assistant salary was $24,280 USD per year. For teaching assistants who work on a part-time or on-call basis, these earnings can be lower, but the average range for all teaching assistants is $15,870 to $35,350 USD per year, which is comparable to salaries for entry-level certified teaching jobs. Teaching assistants who work specifically with special education or high-risk youth can expect to earn more over the lifetime of their careers. In addition to generous starting salaries, teaching assistants also enjoy flexible schedules, state benefit plans, ongoing training opportunities, frequent time off during holidays and summer vacations when schools are closed.